When Philip and Elizabeth are given an urgent task to plant a bug in Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's office, they risk exposure when an unwilling maid of the Weinberger home refuses to cooperate.



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When a secret meeting is to be held in the Weinberger's home, Phillip blackmails the maid to hide a bug in a clock. Agent Beeman turns a Soviet embassy worker into an FBI mole. The Soviets become worried when they learn about the new S.D.I. Written by A Dude Named Dude

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6 February 2013 (USA)  »

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"Labor camps" that Beeman is threatening Nina with, started closing in 1953 after Stalin's death, and by 1959 they were all gone. Gulag itself was closed in 1959. See more »

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The Americans The Clock
9 February 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Philip is testing a women, she then goes into the field getting the right photos. Philip drops by her home and while she believes he is Scott she was able to get the right photos. The FBI investigate a women which leads to a record store, Stan is involved taking some rich caviar. Elizabeth and Philip are sent their new mission which seems quite quick but must be done. Philip and Elizabeth drop by the home of the boy they poisoned wanting the mother to steal the clock from the secretary of state's home because she is the made. Philip still worries about Stan looking into the couple. Elizabeth worries about the futures of the kids especially her daughter. Philip goes to get the clock and the brother of this women shows up with a gun which makes Philip have to fight him. Elizabeth wants to connect with her daughter but struggles unlike Philip with his son. Rosa is given the clock back to return for the antidote. Stan once again visits the store and must torture the owner to get the information he needs. Rosa did not put the clock back which is a big risk for everyone. Stan goes after the girl and she agrees the help the FBI. Philip as Scott picks up the blonde girl from the start of the episode and she seems angry ready to reveal all she knows, he is able to came her down but she leaves the car. Philip threatens the kill the boy with a pillow which causes Rosa to agree to put the clock back he next day and save her son. The radio is placed back on the shelf and the boy is saved soon. Elizabeth seemed for the first time to worry telling Philip this. Elizabeth finally connects with her daughter while Philip watches his son. The Russian embassy get the radio message of a missile being stopped. A step down in quality. Keri Russell is not believable in this role compared to Rhys. The story was boring and jumping back in time has me confused.

EPISODE GRADE: C+ (MVP: Matthew Rhys)

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